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Brain Storm is the 8th episode of the 3rd season episode of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 33rd episode overall. It originally aired on September 19, 1997.

Brain Storm[]

Animation by: Akom Film Production

Brain storm title


After hearing on a scientist's tornado studies, Brain attempts to gain control over a tornado to conquer the world. He constructs a Verkimer Suit, a steel mech suit capable of stablization and control from within the vortex, before Pinky joins him on a journey to Kansas to catch a tornado. They encounter storm chaser Mumphausen, a self-proclaimed Twister King, and a race to catch the last tornado is on.




  • This episode parodies elements of the 1996 film Twister, such as using the phrases "air cow" and "air tractor." Two characters outside the motel are also caricatures of stars from the movie: Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.
  • The title of this cartoon is a play on the phrase "brainstorm", and connects to this episode's theme of exploring tornado storms.
  • A recurring detail is the allusion to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 1939 film version.
    • Pinky is afraid to be sent by the tornado to a realm with flying monkeys. Brain assures him the consequences will be more realistic and fatal.
    • While Kansas is the center of the U.S.' "Tornado Alley" and is a convenient location for depictions of tornadoes in literature, the allusion is still notable.
    • During their tornado hunt, the two mice utilize a scarecrow to drive their vehicle. Pinky gets especially sentimental about it.
    • When the final tornado is arriving, a family similar to the Gale family is seen retreating into a storm cellar. They even have a dog.
    • In the end, the suit is engulfed by the tornado along with the mice, and they are indeed transported to a magical realm with flying monkeys. Brain then proclaims that he and Pinky will try to take over "Oz." They start following the yellow brick road to a castle of emeralds, joined by the aforementioned mech suit and Wally the scarecrow as they sing the ending chorus.
  • The scene where the mice try to hitchhike with the Verkimer suit contains two references:
  • Near the end of the episode, Mumphausen deliriously declares "I am the king!", a nod to the LA-centric Paul "the King of Big-Screen" TV commercials (as well as a recurring Animaniacs phrase).


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Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Jeff Bennett Professor Ginza, Kale Mumphausen, Ending Chorus Singer
Dani Douthette Agnes
Frank Welker Chickens, Flying Monkey (Uncredited)


Special thanks to Brian Norman's "Bunches of References Accumulated In a Nutshell" (B.R.A.I.N) reference guide for aiding in documenting this episode's references.

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)